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The latest version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that a development whose primary objective is to conserve or enhance biodiversity should be supported; while opportunities to incorporate biodiversity improvements in and around developments should be encouraged, especially where this can secure measurable net gains for biodiversity. The principle of Biodiversity Net Gain was enshrined in law within the Environment Act 2021 and is discussed separately here.

Habitat enhancement habitat creation

New habitats can be created on site to provide benefits for wildlife

Ecological enhancements alongside Biodiversity Net Gain are important of any development whether it is for a residential, commercial or industrial site. It means net gains for wildlife can be secured across all proposal sites. Ecological enhancements are implemented in addition to any advised compensation and mitigation measures at a proposal site. Examples of ecological enhancements include: Installation of bird nest boxes and bat boxes for new dwellings on site, planting of native tree species and sowing a diverse seed mix.

Bat box mitigation

Bat boxes installed on a building provide new roosting habitat


Project Examples

Long Stratton area action plan

WFE was commissioned to provide an ecological assessment of a proposed bypass and 1,800 house development at Long Stratton in Norfolk. We worked with the development team from an early…

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